Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Other Side of Baibai

It is always more than what you see superficially. Baibai is definitely a form of worship custom for native Taiwanese. It is, however, more than just food and drinks for the gods, and friends. It is even more than just a way to say “thank you” to the gods and friends. At the end of the Baibai session, there are usually  several days of open “shows” which are offered to the general public, free of charge, so that people of all ages can enjoy the “plays/operas” put on by professional actors and actresses, continuously, for up to one week, or more. This kind of offering to the public is definitely a good example of what a successful person should do, not only for the gods to notice so that they would support him or her continuously during the next year and future years, but also as a gesture so that others will notice the host’s generosity. This encourages support and cooperation from all who would like to be part of this kind of social relationship. I have some nice pictures of these operas.opera-2operaopera-3

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